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News for 12/23/2020 MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

TR Elementary Kids Show Kindness

Thunder Ridge Elementary students made Christmas ornaments for the residents of Smith Center Health and Rehab. Each month the students learn about a different character trait. This month was kindness so they decided to show kindness to those who needed a bit of cheer this Christmas. 45 ornaments were made and delivered to the residents to brighten their Christmas trees. A similar project was done last year. This is a tradition the kids would like to continue. They believe that kindness is so important!

Back row (l-r): Emma Cole, Lucas Barnes, Kale Engelke, Kanon Bilbrey; middle row (l-r): Isaac Wagenblast, Dirk Stephens, Dani Holling, Becca Epple; front row (l-r): Breckyn McDowell, Hunter Vales.

Back row (l-r): Avery Burris, Dalton

Mack Foreman, Khail Hileman, Jenna Molzahn, Emily Saltsman, Ada Synoground, MaKenzi Grauerholz.

Beloved Teacher Retires

Friday, December 18, was Mrs. Dixie Hesterman’s last day of teaching second grade for Thunder Ridge Elementary after a lifetime of working with children. Dixie has been a positive influence to countless children at the school. Her years of dedication are greatly appreciated by her fellow teachers, students, and parents who have felt blessed to teach and work with. Her presence will be greatly missed by those who saw her each day. Her love of children showed each day. A small reception was held last Friday to wish her well on her new chapter in her life.

Thunder Ridge Important Dates


20 – 26: Holiday Non-Practice Dates

21 – 31: No School – Christmas Break


Fri. 1- No School – New Year’s Day

Mon. 4- School Resumes

Kensington Library Holiday Hours

During the USD 110 holiday break, the library will provide limited hours. For the week of December 20-26 we are: open Wednesday from 9am-2pm, closed Thurs-Sat. The week of December 27-January 2 we are: open Monday from 1-6pm, Tues-Thurs. from 9am-2pm, closed Friday, open Sat. from 9am-2pm. We do offer curbside service for those who do not feel comfortable entering the building. Please call 785-476-2219 for assistance or book requests. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Weekly Inspirations

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. - Theodore Roosevelt

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. - Buddha

Take time like the river that never grows stale. Keep going and steady. No hurry, no rush. - Rumi

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